Author Topic: Mbilia Bel  (Read 156 times)

J Silu on: May 22, 2020, 17:43

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Hello, can someone explain to me how Mbilia Bel got into the music industry and her impact during the 80s.

I assume she was the hottest female star of the 80s right?

Tata Nkiadi #1 on: May 22, 2020, 17:53

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Indeed she was and still is. Widely known fact is that she was a Rocherette, a dancer for Tabu Ley’s L’International Afrisa, before he turned her into a star. She sang within the band until she went solo in the late 80s, leaving Faya Tess to take her place. She and Rochereau even share a daughter together after being “married” for a while. Pretty sure Archos or the others can dig deeper.

J Silu #2 on: May 22, 2020, 18:00

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Indeed she was and still is. Widely known fact is that she was a Rocherette, a dancer for Tabu Ley’s L’International Afrisa, before he turned her into a star. She sang within the band until she went solo in the late 80s, leaving Faya Tess to take her place. She and Rochereau even share a daughter together after being “married” for a while. Pretty sure Archos or the others can dig deeper.

Ohh so she was a dancer at first in his group?
I know about them having a daughter but I swear they have a son together? That journalist, I forgot his name.

Wow, 80s was definitely her decade. I guess there weren't really other female singers except for the ones I know, Tshala Muana, Deyess, Scola, the lady who sang massu ahhh forgot her ahh yeah Jolie detta!! Hmmm maybe I'm wrong then about not being too many female stars.

Mfumu Vata #3 on: May 22, 2020, 18:18

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Yes, its true that Mbilia Bel used to be a dancer (she used to dance for Tshala Muana & Abeti, but wasn’t a Rocherrette. She joined Afrisa as a singer after that Tabu Ley discovered her, when she used to sing for Sam Mangwana. Tabu Ley recruited her because he wanted to promote a ypung female singer as star of his band. Mbilia Bel and Tabu hadn’t a son, they only one daugther who sung in Tabu Ley’s album Tempelo.

Her a career is to long to explain it in a few phrases. If you want to know more just watch her interviews on YouTube.

princesab #4 on: May 23, 2020, 03:28

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In an Interview with Yondo.. she also admitted to dance for Tabu..

Seem they went through a similar path